No, that is not. Unless there's something I'm missing, like other needed services that are included in that estimate, that seems like too much. That could be about the right cost if new parts were being installed from the dealer, but that is typically only done when the car is still under warranty and the manufacturer is paying the bill. For out-of-warranty repairs there's two ways to do this repair. One is to replace the parts that are worn, which you didn't say, and the other is to replace the entire half shafts.
The most common failure on any brand of car is split rubber boots around the cv joints. We used to replace them all the time. Cost is around 30 bucks and it takes about an hour to replace one. Today, professionally-rebuilt half shafts that include new boots are so inexpensive that it doesn't pay to replace parts. Rebuilt half shafts can be found for as little as $150.00 for import cars and even less for domestic models. I just bought one for my '88 Grand Caravan for $61.00 with a lifetime warranty. It took me a half hour to replace that shaft while sitting in snow in my driveway. Two half shafts on your car can be replaced in less than two hours. Most shops need to charge around $100.00 per hour to cover all the costs and government regulations, so again, unless there's something I don't know about, $500.00 to $600.00 would seem about right.
You didn't say if parts broke or what problem is being solved, so it's impossible to know if the car needs to be aligned or if other repairs are needed.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 AT 2:26 AM